This taller, branching sunflower variety produces flowers in an array of autumn shades: red, yellow, gold, orange, russet and burgundy. Magnificent in the back of the border and makes a great cut flower. They are great pollinator plants, and birds and squirrels love to eat the seeds.Blooms are 10-15 cm (4-6 in) and plant height is 1.5 m (60 in ).
Direct seed in garden after the soil has thoroughly warmed in the spring, covering seed with 1/2 cm (1/4 in) of soil. Keep soil moist until all seedlings appear. For earlier flowers start seed 4 weeks prior to intended date of transplanting outside. Germinates best at 21 C (70 F) in 7 to 10 days. Grow on at 16 C (62 F). Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 40 cm (16 in) apart.